In this scene, Karen continues speaking up for herself and taking charge of her own life. In Disneyland, this is easy. When she gets back to the real world, she will find it more difficult.
In those days, Disneyland security officers wore medieval-looking outfits with white hose, but you could identify them by the blue patch. Here is a picture of one that I found on Pinterest.
Moving with the crowd, they walked back toward the parking lot. When they got to the exit, they had to go through a turnstile.
Pegasus looked at it and said, “I will never fit, Kitten.”
“Don’t worry, boy,” she replied. “Just wait right here.”
She glanced around for a minute and spotted a tall, strong-looking man in the colorful Disneyland security uniform. Once again, she spoke up for herself and was rewarded with respect and help.
“Excuse me, sir,” she said.
“Yes, ma’am,” he replied in a deep but soft voice. “May I be of service?”
She could not stop herself from grinning, when he called her ma’am.
She said, “My horse can’t go through the turnstile. Is there another way out?”
“Yes, ma’am,” he repeated. “Please follow me.”
She waved to Pegasus, who trotted over. The man led them to a gate and unlocked it for them.
“Thank you so, so much.” Karen said, as they walked through the gate to the tram stop.
“You’re very welcome, princess. You have a nice evening. Would you like me to wait with you?”
“That would be very nice of you, but you really don’t have too!” Karen said appreciatively.
The man took it upon himself to wait with them, but did not say anything more. After a few minutes, a tram arrived, and Karen rode in it while Pegasus trotted beside her back to the parking lot.
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